The Blu-ray Crypt – Mar. 19

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I had a hell of a lot of fun with The Hobbit.  I won’t go into the movie much as you can read my thoughts on the The Hobbit (and on HFR 3D) here.  It doesn’t look like anyone is going to have to worry about the 48 fps issue (or non-issue for some people) as I don’t think that frame rate is provided in any of the releases.  While some may assuredly be waiting for the Extended Edition to be released before buying The Hobbit, there are plenty of options to choose from for those that can’t wait.  Best Buy has a 3-Disc exclusive with A Hobbit’s Tale Part I: The Journey Begins 30-minute documentary.  Walmart has a 3-Disc exclusive with The Hobbit in a Digibook case (pictured above).  Target has a 3-Disc exclusive with a Lego Bilbo Baggins minifigure.  The WBShop has a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy bundle with an exclusive pananoramic poster.  You can also find The Hobbit (non-exclusively) as a 5-disc 3D set, a 3-Disc Blu-ray set or a single disc “movie only” blu-ray.

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Zero Dark Thirty

I enjoyed Katherine Bigelow’s follow-up to The Hurt Locker but it may require another viewing to decide which one I like more.  For a story where the audience already knows the ending from the start, Bigelow manages to make Zero Dark Thirty incredibly gripping.  Jessica Chastain does a great job in her role as the CIA agent who hunts down Bin Laden.  The Blu-ray features an incredible high-definition transfer and some short featurettes that detail the movie’s production and cast.  You can pick up Zero Dark Thirty in a limited edition Steelbook case (pictured above) from Best Buy and a regular edition everywhere else.

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Les Misérables (out on 3/22)

I’m not sure why Les Misérables is making the distinction of coming out on Friday rather than the normal Tuesday but nonetheless it is.  I was kind of skeptical about seeing the movie as I’m not the biggest fan of musicals.  After having seen the movie, I honestly can say I enjoyed the movie, though it definitely has some flaws.  Even with its shortcomings, the movie is held together by amazing performances from much of its cast.  Hugh Jackman is incredible as Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway truly earned her Oscar for her performance as Fantine which was down-right amazing.  Fans of the movie will be glad to hear that there is a multi-part documentary, Les Misérables: A Revolutionary Approach, as a bonus feature along with a superb lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track and excellent video transfer.  Best Buy has Les Misérables available in a Steelbook exclusive (pictured above).

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Rust and Bone

I haven’t seen this French language film yet but I love Marion Cotillard so I’m bound to see this sometime soon.  The story follows a struggling single father, Alain, who helps a beautiful whale trainer, Stephanie, recover her will to live following a terrible accident that leaves her confined to a wheelchair.  Her spirit broken by the same tragedy that took her legs, Stephanie gradually finds the courage to go on living through transcendent moments spent with Ali.

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Bachelorette

This comedy was only released into 60 theaters across the U.S. which made awareness of the movie pretty low and its box office impact negligible (it grossed less than half a million).  I’m not sure why it had such a limited release when it sports a cast that includes Kristen Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Adam Scott, Isla Fisher, James Marsden and Rebel Wilson.  The trailer doesn’t really sell the movie all that well so maybe it was a dud and the distributor decided to cut its losses.  I know anytime you get Lizzy Caplan and Adam Scott in a movie, you peak my interests, so I may give this a shot down the road.  Feel free to chime in on Bachelorette in the comments section if you’ve seen it and see if you can sway us to see (or not see) the movie.

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This is 40 (out on 3/22)

Yet another inexplicable Friday movie release!  Judd Apatow’s latest film hits Blu-ray with both the theatrical version as well as an unrated extended cut (but only three minutes longer).  I’ve not seen the film and I can’t say that I’m that eager to watch it.  I like all the cast members but Judd Apatow’s movies don’t charm or impact me all that much.  I don’t think I own a single one of his films in my movie collection.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think he’s a bad filmmaker, I just don’t seem to care for his movies all that much.  Since This is 40 seems to be one of his that didn’t hit it off with the critics as well his other movies, I will probably avoid this unless someone else decides to watch it and I just happen to be there.  The Blu-ray comes with an abundance of special features including an audio commentary, loads of deleted scenes/alternate takes and a behind-the-scenes look at the film.

More titles released today:

Badlands: Criterion Collection

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp: Criterion Collection

Straight A’s

Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann

Schoolgirl Hitchhikers

Zeta One

Gorgo

On Approval

The Great Magician

The Shadow People

The Big Picture

The Other Son

by Ben McBride

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